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Mario just drove his kart right into Google Maps

In case you weren’t aware, tomorrow, March 10, is also known as MAR10 Day, a holiday marked each year by Nintendo to honor its most famous character. And this year, Google is getting in on the celebration by enhancing Google Maps with Mario for a week. You’ll need to install the newest version of the … Continue reading “Mario just drove his kart right into Google Maps”

Mario just drove his kart right into Google Maps
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In case you weren’t aware, tomorrow, March 10, is also known as MAR10 Day, a holiday marked each year by Nintendo to honor its most famous character. And this year, Google is getting in on the celebration by enhancing Google Maps with Mario for a week.

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You’ll need to install the newest version of the app for iPhone or Android–and then tap a yellow “?” icon–to unlock Mario’s cameo. Once you do, Google Maps will get a dash of Mario Kart as the little guy zips around and tracks your own peramubulations as you use the app for navigation.

Intermingling mapping and classic video gaming is not a new idea for Google Maps: Ms. Pac-Man guested in the app last year as did her spouse in 2015. I only hope that my personal favorite vintage video game hero–Dig Dug–has a shot at a similar tribute some day.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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